Coronavirus Outbreak

On Thursday 23rd January a new pandemic of Coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, China, designated 2019-nCoV has resulted in the lockdown of the city. At the time it was reported that a possible twenty-five deaths were related to the virus with several hundreds of people suspected of unknowingly carrying the virus.

Almost a week later the virus has caused more than 100 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other countries. Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the city of Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak.

This morning the 29th January, it has been announced that some major airlines have suspended all direct flights in and out of mainland China.

As of the end of 28th January, the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) has reported that the number of deaths from the virus has risen to 132 in China. There are also reports of 5,900 confirmed cases and possible 9,000 suspected cases. An expert from the NHC said it could take 10 more days for the outbreak to peak.

Four cases have been confirmed in Germany, making it the second European country to report cases, after France. And the United Arab Emirates has also confirmed its first cases of the virus in a family who recently returned to the UAE from Wuhan.

A number of people, however, have recovered after treatment.

According to Public Health England (PHE), the Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions.

Prevention measures: 

As coronaviruses have a lipid envelope, a wide range of disinfectants is effective. 

Infection prevention and control measures, including transmission-based precautions (airborne, droplet and contact precautions) with the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) are essential to minimise these risks. Appropriate cleaning and decontamination of the environment are also essential in preventing the spread of this virus.

Environmental decontamination:

There is evidence for other coronaviruses of the potential for widespread contamination on surfaces and patient care environments, so effective cleaning and decontamination is vital.

The advice from Public Health England (PHE) is to clean with neutral detergent, a chlorine-based disinfectant should be used, in the form of a solution at a minimum strength of 1,000ppm available chlorine. 

There should be more frequent cleaning of commonly used hand-touched surfaces (at least twice per day).

Dedicated or disposable equipment must be used for environmental decontamination and disposed of correctly.

Any reusable equipment must be decontaminated after use with a chlorine-based disinfectant as described above.

Hand Hygiene:

This is essential before and after all patient care contact, removal of protective clothing and decontamination of the environment.

Use soap and water to wash hands or an alcohol hand rub if hands are visibly clean.

Rings (other than a plain smooth band), wristwatches and wrist jewellery must NOT be worn when involved in patient care or cleaning and disinfection procedures, to prevent cross-contamination.

Supplying the correct products for prevention:

Panama Cleaning Supplies is working closely with Evans Vanodine International to ensure the correct information, guidelines and products are available to all our customers for their contamination prevention programs.

Below you will find a number of recommended products available to purchase online or collect instore.

Surface Disinfectants:

Chlorine Tabs 1 tablet in 1 L of water gives 1,000 ppm available chlorine.

If a chlorine disinfectant is not suitable for a particular application 

Safe Zone Plus, which is a ready to use (RTU) virucidal disinfectant, may be used.

Hand Hygiene Products:

Ocean Blue a Produces a rich creamy lather combined with a thorough cleansing action. Contains a moisturiser to help protect the skin.

Handsan a quick-acting and highly effective 70% alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Kills a range of bacteria, enveloped viruses and yeast and rapidly evaporating.

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